Grew soft, the maple burst into a flush
Of scarlet flowers
The tulip tree, high up
Opened, in airs of June, her multitude
Of golden chalices to humming birds
And silken-wing’d insects of the sky.”
– William Cullen Bryant
Although April begins with a joke in place, our authors were in a much more solemn mood. Lyric poems of lost love and lost lovers, sadness over one's plight in life, and other dire sounding themes have posessed their thoughts it seems. Strangely enough, it is the Tragedies by Shakespheare that reign in popularity, so all is not lost. Somehow it chimes, with the synchronicities between submissions, but we will let you find those for yourself.
Danielle Cote Serar's "A Mother's Lessons" always has enlightening experiences and shares them with the plus of a lesson learned. Judith Kroll's fans will be delighted at the backward glance she offer this month with the encore of her first "On Trek" column.
"Introspective" by Thomas O'Neill, now stateside and teaching in Pennsylvania, offers his advice to be heeded this Spring. Mattie Lennon's "Irish Eyes" gives his review of a new novel that is the talk of the Irish literary circuit, along with a humorous reminder to guard your choice of conversationalists.
Roderick Cohenour's column introduces a guest with one of her recipes he has enjoyed personally. Since she is the family daughter Melissa, it worked out nicely. Melinda Cohenour gives a brief account of her unusual month of March and presents her first Armchair Genealogy column in lieu of a newly researched one.
In "Woo Woo," Pauline Evanosky defines her take on the difference in talking to ghosts rather than to spirits. Marilyn Carnell, author of the column "Sifoddling Along," shares it this April with the writing of one of her cousins. Meanwhile, she pens a couple of poems for this issue, "Betrayal" and "Growing Old.".
Bud Lemire Has four poems for our readers: "She Is Always with Me," A Virus for Everyone," "Believe it," and "No Such Word as Goodbye." "Mornings" and "The Cruelest Month." both are new poems by John I. Blair who welcomes his muse back this issue..
Walt Perryman's three poems are "How to Stop Chasing Rabbits," "Men VS Women," and "What God Can Do." Bruce Clifford sent these two poems: "Broken" and "You Ghosted Me."
Our co-founder and webmaster, Mike Craner, whose knowlege and expertise keeps Pencil Stubs Online actually online, deserves our gratitude and appreciation. We are now in our 26th year. May your Easter bring you happiness and joy, Susie and Mike!
Look for us in May 2023.